My DIY supplies started off with a glue gun, scrapbook paper, and gems. Soon, I started reaching for items I didn’t have and found myself standing in a long line at Michaels Store or at midnight at Wal-Mart trying to buy Elmer’s glue. To save you multiple trips to the store here are my top five items everyone should have in their craft stash.
- A glue gun- This can literally glue your life back together (not really but it’s close) I use this for basically everything, gluing trim, gems, pearls, ribbon, stubborn corners of paper etc.
- Elmer’s glue- Good ol’ fashion glue or glue sticks come in handy for scrapbook paper and card stock.
- Mod Podge- I’m guilty of using this whenever I run out of Elmer’s glue. It pretty much works the same but it’s also great to paint over scrapbook paper, lace, or trim. It can be a bit pricy but one tub lasts a long time.
A bag of multicolored gems will set you back about $18.00+ per bag but you get TONS of gems per bag and in all colors. I’ve only been able to find these loose gems at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores. I like to add a bit of sparkle to everything, photo frames, make up brushes, and costumes. Also, pearls come in handy for a classier look.
I like to add a bow to crafts for a girly look like in my photo frame tutorial. Also, it comes in handy for presents and making hair bows. Small packets of trim/ribbon are great for borders and card making, I got the two packets pictured above from Michaels for about $2.00 each.
4.) Scrapbook Paper/Card Stock
Cute scrapbook paper can be used for anything, a background for your graduation cap, cards, wooden letters, etc. I used to buy the 12x12 books of 180+ scrapbook paper but found that I only used a few pieces and I was left over with huge books of paper and it’s hard to go through all of them so I end up buying similar paper that I already have. I suggest buying the single pages, look out for sales at craft stores.
5.) Acrylic Paint & Paint Brushes
Acrylic paint and paint brushes are great for small wooden crafts like my Lilly Pulitzer Flowers tutorial. White is a great color to buy because you can always mix colors to get different shades.